Over the past couple decades increasing rates for fuel have been an increasing concern, and when the economic crisis hit in 2008 people really started to feel the effects while paying at the gas tank. Add in the growing anxiety over the future of the planet as evidence of climate change continues to mount, and it’s no wonder people have started to think about how to save money on gas. If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient car in Saskatchewan, stop by Crestview Chrysler in Regina!
Get the Right Car
The first and most obvious way to maximize fuel economy is to make sure you’re purchasing a model that is as fuel efficient as possible while still meeting your needs as a driver. In recent years, consumers have started to see that the auto industry can deliver the best of both worlds. Increasing fuel efficiency standards and consumer demand for competitive performance have led manufacturers to get innovative. New technologies are being developed every day to maximize both the efficiency and power of powertrains. While it certainly makes sense that you want a car with some pick up, it’s also a good idea to check the fuel economy on your next big auto purchase before you sign on the dotted line.
Before you put the pedal to the metal, there are a few important things you should make sure you’re doing to keep your car in good condition to increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Regular tune-ups – Making sure your vehicle gets the maintenance it needs is essential to increasing the life of your car and getting the biggest bang for your buck at the gas tank. Suggested times for regular oil changes, air-filter changes, and spark plug replacements are in the owner’s manual you got with the car. You can schedule a service appointment online whenever you are due for service.
Tire Pressure and Alignment – Having adequate tire pressure and proper alignment will increase fuel efficiency and lead to a safer and more comfortable ride.
Shed Weight – If you have things that you don’t need in your car, take them out and put them in the garage or in the house. 100 pounds of weight decreases your vehicle’s fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
On the Road
Once you’re behind the wheel, there are a couple of simple things you can do to increase fuel efficiency. First off, don’t drive excessively. Rapid acceleration and maintaining higher speeds than necessary can increase your fuel economy by up to 25%. Also, make sure to turn off your vehicle when you’re sitting at the train tracks, waiting for someone to come to the car, or idling for any reason for longer than a minute.
For a huge selection of fuel-efficient vehicles, top-quality service and repair, or more tips on how to drive efficiently, stop by Crestview Chrysler!